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Waldameer Park
Waldameer Park & Water World Current Logo
SloganYou're Gonna Love It!
Location Erie, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Coordinates 42°06′31″N 80°09′20″W / 42.108691°N 80.155458°W / 42.108691; -80.155458
WALDAMEER PARK Latitude and Longitude:

42°06′31″N 80°09′20″W / 42.108691°N 80.155458°W / 42.108691; -80.155458
OwnerPaul Nelson
General ManagerSteve Gorman
Operating seasonMay to September
Roller coasters4
Water rides1
Website Waldameer.com

Waldameer Park and Water World is an amusement / water park in Erie, Pennsylvania located at the base of Presque Isle. Waldameer is the fourth oldest amusement park in Pennsylvania, the tenth oldest in the nation, and one of only thirteen trolley parks still operating in the United States. [1] The park is admission-free, with a midway, and covered picnic facilities. The roller coasters and other major rides require either the display of a paid wristband scanned upon riding, or the use of "Wally Points" on their "Wally Card" system. A gift shop is located in the park selling Waldameer souvenirs. The water park operates an assortment of water slides and raft rides and is admission by fee only. The name "Waldameer" can be translated literally as "Woods by the Sea" in German. [2] Waldameer's operating season runs from May through September.


The park began as a picnic area called Hoffman's Grove. The Erie Electric Motor Company leased the park in 1896 and renamed it "Waldameer." The trolley car company extended service to its new park, making Hoffman's Grove picnic area a terminus on the line in the hopes of increasing passenger traffic. [3]

The park operates two classic dark attractions: the Whacky Shack (Built in 1970), a two-story ride, and the Pirates Cove (Built in 1972), a walk-through funhouse. Both were designed and built by the dark ride master Bill Tracy and his company, Amusement Display Associates of Cape May, New Jersey.

Waldameer sold its classic carousel at auction in 1988 for more than $1 million. A new carousel with sixty operating horses was obtained from Chance Manufacturing. The park owner intended to construct a new restaurant called The Carousel next to the Rainbow Gardens banquet hall, though this idea never came to fruition. A 10-foot giraffe and a jumping horse from the classic carousel were reserved from the auction to be used in the new restaurant. Part of the auction proceeds was used to erect four additional water slides—a speed slide, free fall slide, one-man and two-man raft sides—all built by Molded Fiberglass Company of Union City. [4]

For the 2007 season, Waldameer opened X-Scream, a 140-foot-tall drop tower ride. In 2008, the highly anticipated Ravine Flyer II wooden coaster opened leading to 20% increase in attendance, and the busiest season in park history [5]. The coaster won the Golden Ticket Award for the best new ride for 2008 [6]. The 2009 season saw the extension of the midway south to coincide with the addition of a new Disk-O ride, Mega Vortex. A modern, "cashless" pay system called a Wally Card was introduced for 2010. A new family-oriented area, The North End, located within the train turnaround, opened in 2011. The rides located in the area are the Flying Swings, S.S. Wally, and Wendy's Tea Party. New additions for the 2012 season included the Zamperla-manufactured Happy Swing (located in the Kiddieland area), a second train for the L. Ruth Express, a redesigned loading area for the Whacky Shack, and the requirement that all in-park transactions must be made with a Wally Card. For the 2014 season, Waldameer painted the slides in Water World. as well as add new decorative items throughout the park. In 2015, Waldameer began a waterpark expansion with the opening of the largest wave pool in the tri-state area [7]. The 2016 season saw the addition of new slides, for younger children, and a splash pad, known as Kidz Zone [8]. A new water playground, dubbed Battle of Lake Erie, was introduced for the 2017 season [9]. New additions for the 2018 season included a new bowl slide from ProSlide Technology, called CannonBOWL, and a Zamperla Samba Balloon Ride, named Balloon Race [10]. In 2019, the park is set to unveil Chaos, a Zamperla Discovery pendulum ride [11].

Whacky Shack & Pirates Cove
Giant Wheel
Mega Vortex
Sky Ride


In 2008, Ravine Flyer II was named "Best New Ride" by Amusement Today and was ranked #11. That same year, Paul Nelson was also named "Person Of The Year" by Amusement Today.

In addition, Waldameer's two Bill Tracy dark rides, Whacky Shack and Pirate's Cove, have won numerous darkride awards from DAFE.org. Both attractions have consistently ranked in the top 10 for their respective categories (Classic Darkride and Walkthrough).

Current rides

Roller coasters

Thrill rides

Family rides

Kiddie rides

  • Frog Hopper - Miniature drop tower
  • Big Rigs - Convoy ride - Zamperla
  • Pony Ride
  • Kiddie Wet Boats
  • Sky Fighter
  • Umbrella Ride
  • Lil Toot - Self-propelled Kiddie train ride
  • Happy Swing - Zamperla

Water attractions

Water World

Water World is a water park located in Waldameer Park. Established in 1986, and completed in 1992, Water World boasts 11 major slides, an Endless River, Heated Relaxing Pool, and Tad Pool children's complex with 4 smaller slides. In June 2015, Waldameer opened a wave pool that can accommodate 1,000 people.

Water World slides

  • Awesome Twosome (Enclosed two-man raft)
  • Liquid Lightning (Enclosed two-man raft)
  • Bermuda Triangle (Three enclosed body slides)
  • Raging River (Large open-flume raft slide)
  • Wild River (Open-air one-man raft slide)
  • Free-fall Slide (45 ft freefall)
  • Speed Slide (45 ft freefall with "bump")
  • Presque Isle Plunge (Open-air body slide)
  • Lake Erie Dip (Open-air body slide)
  • CannonBOWL - Proslide Technology

Kid Zone

10 fun kid slides

Past rides and attractions

Past rides

  • Ravine Flyer
  • Hand-carved Carousel
  • Bumper Boats
  • Kiddie Bumper Boats
  • Old Mill / Mill Run (current Thunder River location)
  • Flying Coaster
  • Figure Eight
  • Eli Bridge Ferris wheel
  • Whip
  • The Bump (current Wipeout location)

Past attractions

  • Monkey Island
  • Boardwalk
  • Bavarian Hoffbrau

Incidents at Waldameer Park

Late evening, August 8, 1938, the Ravine Flyer failed to clear the hill following the bridge crossing Peninsula Drive. As the train continued to travel back and forth over Peninsula Drive, a woman became hysterical. Her brother then rose out of his seat in an attempt to calm her. He lost his balance, which resulted in the fall to his death in the middle of Peninsula Drive. [13] [14] The Ravine Flyer was shut down for further investigation which revealed no direct cause of the accident. However, the roller coaster was demolished as the owner's wife was devastated by the event. The Ravine Flyer was finally replaced 70 years later in 2008 by the Ravine Flyer II in which Peninsula Drive was spanned again. [5]


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  2. ^ Futrell, Jim (2002). Amusement Parks of Pennsylvania. pp.  M1 104. ISBN  0-8117-2671-1.
  3. ^ Walling, Emory A (1928). Memoirs of Erie County, Pennsylvania, Bench and Bar.
  4. ^ "Sale of Waldameer Carousel Brings More Than $1 Million to Fund New Water Park and New Restaurant". Erie Daily Times. 12 December 1988.
  5. ^ a b "Long-awaited roller coaster debuts in Erie County". schurz-dailyamerican. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  6. ^ Baldwin, Tim (September 2008). "Amusement Today's 2008 Golden Ticket Awards" (PDF). Amusement Today. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  7. ^ "Wave Pool Opens at Waldameer Park". YOURERIE. 2015-06-09. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  8. ^ Palattella, Ed. "Waldameer adding attractions to last summer's $9 million expansion". GoErie.com. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  9. ^ "'Battle of Lake Erie' Opens in Waldameer's Water World". Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  10. ^ Bruce, David. "Erie park to open two new rides in 2018". GoErie.com. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  11. ^ Rink, Matthew. "Waldameer adding some Chaos in 2019". GoErie.com. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  12. ^ "ACE Coaster Classic Awards". Archived from the original on 2015-09-08. Retrieved 2008-02-21.
  13. ^ "Article 404 - GoErie.com - Erie, PA". GoErie.com.
  14. ^ Futrell, Jim (2013). Waldameer Park. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. p. 39. ISBN  9780738598376. OCLC  820434675.

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